Atlanta, father of three, who ‘killed his wife and then dumped her body on an Illinois road’, is arrested in Seattle
- Luther “Luke” Henderson of Roswell, Georgia was arrested Saturday in Seattle
- Henderson, 39, is wanted for the deadly shooting of his wife, Tykeisha Dixon, 33
- Atlanta police allege that Henderson fatally shot Dixon in Old Fourth Ward on May 6
- Two days later, Dixon’s body was found on a rural road 20 miles from St. Louis
- On May 10, the couple’s car was parked in the Chicago area, but the man was missing
- Henderson is currently in Washington State awaiting extradition to Georgia
Police said a man from the Atlanta area suspected of shooting his wife was arrested on Saturday near Seattle, two weeks after her body was found just outside St. Louis.
Luther “Luke” Henderson, 39, was taken into custody by Pacific Northwest authorities after law enforcement officials in Georgia issued a warrant for his arrest on a murder charge.
Henderson was last seen with his wife, 33-year-old Tykeisha Dixon, on May 6 as they left their home in Roswell, Georgia, where their three sons were watched by a babysitter, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Police said Dixon’s body was found two days later on the side of a road in Edwardsville, Illinois – a college town about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.
Atlanta police allege that Tykeisha Dixon (left) was fatally shot by her husband, Luther ‘Luke’ Henderson (right), on May 6 near their home in Roswell, Georgia
Luther “Luke” Henderson (left), 39, was taken into custody by Pacific Northwest authorities after law enforcement officials in Georgia issued a warrant for his arrest on a murder charge. He is charged with murder in the death of his wife, Tykeisha Dixon (right), 33
Dixon’s body was found near St. Louis on May 8 on May 8. Two days later, the couple’s car was located near Chicago, but Henderson was still missing. Last weekend he was arrested by police near Seattle
The couple is not known to have had any connection with the area.
According to investigators in Atlanta, Dixon was shot sometime on May 6.
Police believe the shooting took place in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.
Henderson and Dixon reportedly traveled that evening to pick up Henderson’s daughter from a nearby Taco Bell.
A missing person report filed by police in Roswell indicated that the girl told her uncle that “ while they were in the car together, Henderson took Dixon’s cellphone and threw it out of the car, breaking it somewhere on North Ave . in Atlanta. ‘
“Henderson’s cell phone was broken too.”
Atlanta police were informed by law enforcement officials in the Greater St. Louis area that the couple’s car – a blue Chrysler 200 – was found near Chicago on May 10.
However, Henderson was still missing.
“ I did an investigation in the area where Tykeisha and Luther were last seen, and with the help of witnesses, phone records and surveillance cameras, I have been able to develop enough suspected reasons to charge Luther Henderson with the death of Tykeisha Dixon, ” said Atlanta Police Detective Jamael Logan.
“She was a very caring, loving person,” said Dixon’s brother, Talaris Adams. “She’s never met a stranger and her smile literally lit the room.”
Henderson remains in Washington State, awaiting extradition to Georgia to face prosecution.
Dixon’s brother, Talaris Adams, told AJC that the family had been devastated by the death of his sister.
“She was a very caring, loving person,” said Adams.
She’s never met a stranger and her smile literally lit up the room. If you weren’t her friend before she first met you, you would be by the end of the night.
“She just loved people and she didn’t deserve what happened to her at all.”
A memorial service took place on Friday in honor of Dixon. Her family launched a crowdfunding effort GoFundMe to help pay funeral and care expenses for her three sons aged 10 to 16.